Cabramatta is one of Sydney’s most vibrant multi-cultural communities, with a thriving Central Business District that combines retail and commercial businesses, providing also a focus for annual cultural events such as the Moon Festival, held each October.
In the centre of Cabramatta, the Hughes Street project comprises the reconfiguration of a group of mixed use and parking dedicated structures, along with the construction of a new freestanding mixed use building.
The new building provides a missing jigsaw piece in the planning of the CBD, and through planned changes in vehicle movement unlocks the potential for Dutton Lane’s potential future conversion to a shared zone, allowing pedestrians greater freedom of movement around the bustling market plaza, currently dominated by deliveries and small trucks.
The rich diversity of sensory experiences experienced on the streets of Cabramatta has inspired a unique architectural vision for the project. Characterised by a tapestry like colour-field aluminium screen facade – the building is simultaneously calm and minimal in form and resolution, whilst at the same time appearing vibrant and playful. Contrasting the coloured surfaces, double height green walls of temple bamboo integrated in the east and west elevations provide softness and a connection to nature.
Further sustainability initiatives include extensive cycle parking, and a roof mounted photo-voltaic installation to power electric car charging stations.
Construction is due for completion in 2021.
- Fairfield City Council
- Traffic and Parking
- ESD and Electrical
- Steensen Varming
- Quantity Surveyor
- Sydney Design Collective
- Kane Constructions
- Collaborating Architect
- Studio Hollenstein